Alberta Government Empowering Nurses to Better Support Families

Minister Hoffman is joined by students of Mount Royal University’s nursing program.

Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will now be able to prescribe some drugs and order X-rays.

Some nurses will play a bigger role in Alberta’s health-care system with the province expanding their abilities to now prescribe drugs and order X-rays.

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners can use their frontline expertise and training to help people get the care they need sooner and closer to home.

They will now be able to prescribe drugs in places like travel clinics, sexually transmitted infection programs and workplace health and safety clinics. RNs will not be prescribing controlled drugs and substances. Nurse practitioners will now be able to set bone fractures.

Sean Chilton, vice-president, Health Professions and Practice, Alberta Health Services says registered nurses (RN) and nurse practitioners are highly trained health-care providers who deliver exceptional care to patients across the province each and every day. Now, these nurses have an opportunity to bring more of their training, knowledge and experience to further benefit and support the care of patients and their families.

Other amendments to the Registered Nurses Profession Regulation will increase professional standards for Alberta’s 38,000 registered nurses and 550 nurse practitioners. The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta will expand its continuing competence assessments to ensure practitioners continue to be supported to do their jobs effectively.

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